With the ODI World Cup set to commence on the 5th of October later this year across ten venues in India, Zero Wicket takes a closer look at the recently announced fixture list and shortlists five of the biggest clashes you need to tune in for.
1. England vs New Zealand, 5th October 2023, Ahmedabad
The last time these two powerhouses met in the 50-over World Cup, fans worldwide witnessed one of the greatest WC finals in cricketing history. A game that was enforced into a super over with two run-outs of the last two balls, and England being declared champions because of a superior boundary count post a tied super over.
Arguably there are barely any other matchups greater than this one to start a huge world cup for the countries involved. England will look to start effectively in a bid to retain the cup but the Kiwis will look for a dominating win as redemption for losing by the barest of margins the last time around.
New Zealand pip England in their head-to-head records in ODI's with the Kiwis being victorious in 43 of the 91 clashes. The prestigious Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad which can hold up to 130,000 fans will host the 92nd 50-over clash between England and New Zealand, who do you think will emerge victorious?